ST. LOUIS — Alec Martinez scored two targets and William Service added a purpose and an help, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday evening.
Tomas Nosek, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hague additionally scored for Vegas.
Vegas coach Pete DeBoer appreciated what he noticed from his staff, which had been scuffling in current video games.
“We talked about enjoyable. We’re in a great spot,” DeBoer stated. “We have to maintain the great issues we’re doing and repair some issues we weren’t doing effectively. The group got here out dedicated and bought rewarded for that.”
Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis.
Robin Lehner was in purpose for the Golden Knights and made 31 saves.
“Robin is necessary. We’ve bought two guys taking part in on prime of their video games,” Martinez stated. “It’s necessary goalies maintain you in video games. It’s nice to see them play the way in which they’re taking part in. It frees us as much as make some performs once they play like they’ve been.”
With the win, the Golden Knights snapped a 0-2-1 skid and raised their total report to 25-10-2, good for second place within the West. Vegas has gained its final 4 conferences towards St. Louis.
The Blues are 0-6-1 with simply eight targets scored since March 22, good for fifth place within the West. St. Louis has fallen to 2-8-1 in its final 11 video games.
’It’s not like we’re letting our foot off the fuel right here,” Blues ahead David Perron stated. “We’re actually making an attempt to get it completed each evening. However that doesn’t occur proper now. It’s about us sticking collectively, that’s actually what it’s. We don’t begin dropping religion in something, we actually consider in our group. Sure, there’s time, however we’ve bought to begin discovering outcomes.”
The Golden Knights’ scored the primary two targets earlier than St. Louis bought one within the first interval.
Nosek bought Vegas going at 6:25 on a tip-in. Standing in entrance of the online, he redirected a shot from the purpose by Nick Holden for his first purpose this season. Vegas made it 2-Zero at 12:45, when Martinez snapped a wrist shot from contained in the blue line.
“Coming off the final two video games one of many issues we didn’t like was not placing the puck at the back of the online,” Martinez stated. “We tried to create alternatives. The forwards did a very good job of getting our bodies in entrance of the goalie. It paid dividends.”
St. Louis minimize the result in 2-1 on a purpose by Bozak at 17:01. Zach Sanford skated behind the online and handed to Bozak within the slot and his wrist shot beat Lehner.
Vegas blew the sport open with 4 targets within the second interval.
The Golden Knights scored two targets 32 seconds aside and added one other for 3 targets in 1:59 and a 5-1 benefit within the second interval. Martinez scored on a one-timer at 7:08, adopted by Service, who tipped in a shot at 7:40. Marchessault scored on a wrist shot at 9:07.
“It was actually good tonight,” Marchessault stated. “We have been discovering lanes and we had our bodies in entrance of the goalie. We had a few good bounces there. This needs to be a optimistic for us the remainder of the way in which.”
That purpose chased rookie goalie Villie Husso, who confronted 19 photographs. Jordan Binnington got here in for Husso, who began successive video games for the primary time with the Blues.
“Smooth performs, protection, issues like that round our web, targets that most likely needs to be stopped, issues like that,” Blues coach Craig Berube stated about what occurred in that Vegas outburst.
Binnington was touched for Vegas’ ultimate second-period purpose at 13:00 when Hague scored on a wrist shot.
The sport started a stretch through which the Blues will play eight of their subsequent 10 video games at dwelling. St. Louis fell to 4-9-Four at dwelling.
Berbe stated he is aware of what have to be completed to show issues round.
“Stick collectively and maintain working and I’m going to maintain teaching them, that’s how,” Berube stated.
Craig Berube on the #stlblues: “They’re most likely a fairly unconfident group proper now when issues do not go proper on the market. Issues are going to occur, targets are going to go in — you higher be rather a lot mentally harder than that. That is weak, weak-minded proper now.” pic.twitter.com/vBtrGjpovs
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RETURN OF PIETRANGELO
The Blues honored Alex Pietrangelo, the previous Blues captain and a giant a part of the Stanley Cup champion staff, with a video tribute and a standing ovation by the restricted variety of followers in attendance. Pietrangelo made his first return to St. Louis since signing a free-agent contract with the Vegas Golden Knights final October as a participant. He missed the video games in St. Louis on March 12-13 due to an damage. After the morning skate on a video chat, Pietrangelo stated in regards to the expertise: “Somewhat completely different, proper? Clearly I didn’t actually know the place to go this morning coming within the different manner, however all good. Clearly an thrilling sport for me. I didn’t get to come back final time, however enterprise as normal for us on the market.”
BLUES ROSTER MOVE
The St. Louis Blues activated defenseman Colton Parayko from injured reserve. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Parayko has missed the previous 21 video games — courting to Feb. 15 — with an upper-body damage. The Blues additionally assigned ahead Jacob de la Rose, who cleared waivers Monday, to the taxi squad.
The Knights will stay in St. Louis and play the Blues on Wednesday evening.